Turkey tightens controls on Internet speech | csmonitor.com: “Turkey tightens controls on Internet speech
The country’s courts and governments have banned 850 websites this year, including YouTube and Blogger.
By Yigal Schleifer | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
from the October 30, 2008 edition”
Istanbul, Turkey – For pioneering Turkish blogger Erkan Saka, these are dark days. Last week, he found himself cut off from a group of blogs that he belongs to and from hundreds of other websites he regularly reads.
A Turkish court had just banned Blogger, the popular blog-hosting site owned by Google, because of illegal material found on a few sites on its servers. It was just the latest among hundreds of sites banned by Turkey’s courts and government this year, raising concerns about censorship in a country with an already troubling record on freedom of speech.